Kevin Carter FACT OF “EXTRAVAGANCE (অতিব্যয়,অদৰকাৰি-ব্যয়)”AND ISLAM
Prize-winning photograph Kevin Carter in Sudan:-
In March 1993, while on a trip to Sudan, Carter was preparing to photograph a starving toddler trying to reach a feeding center when a hooded vulture landed nearby. Carter reported taking the picture, because it was his “job title”, and leaving. He was told not to touch the children for fear of transmitting disease. He committed suicide 3 months after winning the Pulitzer Prize.
Sold to the New York Times, the photograph first appeared on 26 March 1993 and was carried in many other newspapers around the world. Hundreds of people contacted the newspaper to ask the fate of the girl. The paper reported that it was unknown whether she had managed to reach the feeding centre. In April 1994, the photograph won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.
Before sucide Kevin Carter wrote in his diary as followif statement:-
“Dear God, I promise I will never waste my food no matter how bad it can taste and how full i may be. I pray that He will protect this little boy, guide and deliver him away from his misery. I pray that we will be more sensitive towards the world around us and not be blinded by ourown selfish nature and interests. I hope this picture will always serve as a reminder to us that how fortunate we are and that we must never ever take things for granted.”
“EXTRAVAGANCE (অতিব্যয়,অদৰকাৰি–ব্যয়)”in ISLAM:-
Islam is strictly against wastage of anything, and even more so when wastage takes place due to extravagance. It should be understood well by Muslims that Islam emphasizes a lot on social equality and a peaceful equal society.
Extravagance is one thing which comes against the establishment of this equality. If a Muslim wastes some resources or provisions etc. by extravagance, he is directly wasting the haq of others.Islam takes a strong exception to this.
Extravagance is of two types;1] Israf and 2] Tabzir
1] Israf :-Israf can be understood by an example where a person needs, let us say, two breads in order to satisfy his hunger. But he takes 3 or 4 breads for his food. Naturally, as his diet requirement is 2 or may be 2 breads and a half, he won’t be able to eat more than that, thereby wasting the remaining bread. This is a classic example of Israf. However, Israf is not limited to food only; it can be observed in other things also. Qur’an speaks in strict terms about Israf; refer to following verse:
يَا بَنِي آدَمَ خُذُوا زِينَتَكُمْ عِنْدَ كُلِّ مَسْجِدٍ وَكُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا وَلا تُسْرِفُوا إِنَّهُ لا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ
“O Children of Adam! Take your adornment (by wearing your clean clothes) while praying and going round the Ka’bah, and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allah) likes not Al-Musrifin (those who waste by extravagance).”
2] Tabzir :-When a person spends his money or resources for the things which he / she does not need and can easily live without it, it leads to Tabzir. For example, someone has a wardrobe full of dresses, but when he / she goes around a shopping mall, he keeps on buying dresses etc.
Do we know how strictly Qur’an talks aboutTabzir? Go through the following verses:
وَآتِ ذَا الْقُرْبَى حَقَّهُ وَالْمِسْكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ وَلا تُبَذِّرْ تَبْذِيراً
“And give to the kinsman his due & to the Miskin (poor) and to the wayfarer. But spend not wastefully in the manner of a spendthrift.”
إِنَّ الْمُبَذِّرِينَ كَانُوا إِخْوَانَ الشَّيَاطِينِ وَكَانَ الشَّيْطَانُ لِرَبِّهِ كَفُوراً
“Verily, the spendthrifts are brothers of the Shayatin (devils), and the Shaitan is ever ungrateful to his Lord.”
(Aayah No’s 26 & 27, Surah Al-Isra’, Chapter No. 17, Holy Qur’an).
CLICK on K.Carter:-
“ I’m really, really sorry, the pain of life overrides the joy to the point that joy does not exist. ”
Dear God, I promise I will never waste my food no matter how bad it can taste and how full I may be. I pray that He will protect this little boy, guide and deliver him away from his misery. I pray that we will be more sensitive towards the world around us and not be blinded by our own selfish nature and interests. I hope this picture will always serve as a reminder to us that how fortunate we are and that we must never ever take things for granted.
–Kevin Carter .